11 Cookbooks For Single Who Loves Cooking At Home

The Single Guy Cookbook: How to Cook Comfort Food Favorites Faster, Easier and Cheaper than Going Out

There comes a time in every man’s life where he has to step away from the microwave. With the help of Avi’s man-centric recipes, techniques and commentary, you’ll build confidence in the kitchen—and you’ll have some pretty amazing meals to show for it.

Recipes are geared toward goals like cooking the perfect burger, using leftovers to make a gourmet meal that’ll wow your family, impressing a date, saving money, feeding the guys on game day, and most importantly, just flat out making an easy, hardy meal you can sit down and enjoy alone. Recipes include Sizzling Skillet Steak with Twice Baked Potato, Kickass Fish Tacos and Mind-Blowing Meatballs with Ziti.

With The Single Guy Cookbook, you’ll make delicious and awe-inspiring dishes that you’ll be proud to place in front of any person who enters your man cave.

Gourmet Cooking for One or Two: Incredible Meals that are Small in Size but Big on Flavor

Gourmet Cooking for One or Two provides must-have comfort food–inspired recipes full of the flavors you’d expect in a large casserole, soup or stew, but scaled down to just one or two servings. Now you won’t have tons of leftovers that, despite the best intentions, get tossed or end up in the back of the freezer. You can cook elevated dishes—usually reserved for big occasions—just for you, any night of the week.

You’ll find updated classics, simple one-pan dinners and 30-minute single-serving dishes suit- able for chefs of any level. Try Molasses-Braised Short Ribs with Pan-Seared Onions, Steak House Dinner, Two-Slice Sun-Dried Tomato and Sausage Lasagna or Spinach Pork Roulade with Arugula Prosciutto Salad. Forget takeout, grocery store salad bars and frozen entrées. This book proves that cooking for yourself can be just as special as cooking for a crowd!

The Pleasures of Cooking for One: A Cookbook

From the legendary editor of some of the world’s greatest cooks—including Julia Child and James Beard—a passionate and practical book about the joys of cooking for one.

Here, in convincing fashion, Judith Jones demonstrates that cooking for yourself presents unparalleled possibilities for both pleasure and experimentation: you can utilize whatever ingredients appeal, using farmers’ markets and specialty shops to enrich your palate and improve your health.

You can feel free to fail, since a meal for one doesn’t have to be perfect; and you can use leftovers to innovate—in the course of a week, the remains of beef bourguignon might be reimagined as a ragù, pork tenderloin may become a stir-fry, a cup or two of wild rice produces both a refreshing pilaf and a rich pancake, and red snapper can be reinvented as a summery salad. 

It’s a fulfilling and immensely economical process, one perfectly suited for our times—although, as Jones points out, cooking for one also means we can occasionally indulge ourselves in a favorite treat.

Throughout, Jones is both our instructor and our mentor, suggesting basic recipes—such as tomato sauce, preserved lemons, pesto, and homemade stock—that all cooks should have on hand; teaching us how to improvise using an ingenious strategy of building meals through the week; and supplying us with a lifetime’s worth of tips and shortcuts. 

From Child’s advice for buying fresh meat to Beard’s challenge to beginning crêpe-makers and Lidia Bastianich’s tips for cooking perfectly sauced pasta, Jones’s book presents a wealth of acquired knowledge from our finest cooks.

The Pleasures of Cooking for One is a vibrant, wise celebration of food and enjoying our own company from one of our most treasured cooking experts.

The Cooking for One Cookbook: 100 Easy Recipes

If you’re a solo cook, and tired of that all-too-familiar thud of a half-finished pot of mac and cheese hitting the bottom of your trash can, The Cooking for One Cookbook is ready to expand your solo recipe repertoire. The Cooking for One Cookbook presents 100 contemporary, tasty, and perfectly portioned recipes-for-one that will leave your appetite satisfied and your kitchen waste-free.

Less wasted food equals less wasted money, and The Cooking for One Cookbook’s appropriate portions and delicious, diverse meals will make you feel like a professional chef! Cook your way to a happier, healthier, tastier life.

The Cooking for One Cookbook includes:

  • One stop shopping—Delicious recipes including Apple Crumb French Toast and Cuban Pitas use readily available supermarket ingredients that reflect up-to-date dietary preferences fit for a range of palates.
  • The practical gourmet—Become a skillful chef with easy-to-follow pantry and grocery tips designed to make cooking for one and shopping for one a breeze.
  • Dietary goals—Stay on track with suggested menu planning that assists with time-saving and eliminates the “What do I cook now?!” stress.

The Cooking for One Cookbook is a practical, relatable, and modern resource for the at-home solo cook.

The Ultimate Cooking for One Cookbook: 175 Super Easy Recipes Made Just for You

175 single-serving recipes for every solo chef who just wants a satisfying and delicious home-cooked meal for themselves.

Cooking for one is harder than it seems and it can leave anyone wanting to make a healthy, tasty meal either throwing out extra helpings or watching expensive ingredients expire. But it’s possible to prepare single-serving recipes that are full of flavor, easy to make, and economical if you have the right guide.

The Ultimate Cooking for One Cookbook allows you to make a fresh, delicious, home-cooked meal for one without creating a week’s worth of leftovers or leaving an abundance of unused fresh ingredients that quickly go to waste. Each of the 175 single-serving recipes are quick and simple to make and save you both time and money. And while the ingredients are common, the results are anything but. In addition to flavorful meals, this cookbook includes clever ideas of how to reduce food waste and source single servings of fresh ingredients.

With The Ultimate Cooking for One Cookbook, cooking solo never needs to be boring (or overwhelming) again whether you live alone or are just looking for a filling and enjoyable meal for yourself.

Betty Crocker Right-Size Recipes: Delicious Meals for One or Two (Betty Crocker Cooking)

The bible for inventive, on‑trend meals for one or two—from the right‑size pans to just‑right entrees, sides and desserts

Betty Crocker makes cooking for one (and maybe one more) easier and more economical than ever with a complete assortment of almost 200 perfect‑fit recipes.  She’s delightfully re‑imagined beloved classics like Black and Blue Mini Meat Loaves and quick‑and‑easy dinners like Pan Asian Salmon and Vegetables. Even dessert is made sweeter and simpler with personal treats like Cherry Cobblers for Two. 

Right‑Size Recipes makes cooking effortless and fun, with recommendations for the proper equipment, advice on navigating the grocery store to shop small, and lessons on transforming or stretching leftover ingredients and meals into another delicious entree for less repetitive leftovers and more delightful cooking. Holidays and special occasions are also handily scaled to size, with a sheet‑pan Thanksgiving dinner for two, menus for a romantic dinner or a stay‑in movie night, and more.

The Keto For One Cookbook:100 Delicious Make-Ahead, Make-Fast Meals for One (or Two) That Make Low-Carb Simple and Easy

With Keto For One, get 100 delicious dishes for every meal of the day—perfectly proportioned and macro-balanced.

Single-serve cooking is one of the biggest challenges when trying to adhere to an eating plan. Most recipes are portioned for 4–6 servings, which means you’ll be eating the same thing for a week or trying to adjust recipes and struggling to figure out proper cooking times and fractions of measurements. 

With keto, you also have the additional challenge of balancing your macronutrients—a few too many carbs or not enough fat and your recipe is no longer in the ketogenic zone.

 No more fussing with recipes. No more eating leftovers. No more wasted food (or money!). No more cobbling together snacks and calling it a meal. No more temptation to give into carb-laden, nutrient-void, single-serving convenience foods. 

Just delicious recipes from “low-carb queen” and best-selling author Dana Carpender. Enjoy delicious keto burgers and smoothies, as well as quick skillet stir-fries and plenty of tasty meals that can be pulled together quickly or ahead of time. 

5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food

Jamie Oliver–one of the bestselling cookbook authors of all time–is back with a bang. Focusing on incredible combinations of just five ingredients, he’s created 130 brand-new recipes that you can cook up at home, any day of the week. 

From salads, pasta, chicken, and fish to exciting ways with vegetables, rice and noodles, beef, pork, and lamb, plus a bonus chapter of sweet treats, Jamie’s got all the bases covered. This is about maximum flavor with minimum fuss, lots of nutritious options, and loads of epic inspiration.

This edition has been adapted for US market.

The One Pot Ketogenic Diet Cookbook: 100+ Easy Weeknight Meals for Your Skillet, Slow Cooker, Sheet Pan, and More

No muss, no fuss—easy, one-pot recipes for keeping up with the ketogenic diet on busy weeknights

Figuring out what to make on busy nights can sometimes seem impossible—especially if you’re trying to follow the ketogenic diet. The One-Pot Ketogenic Diet Cookbook makes it easy to keep keto on the table every day of the week with family-friendly, one-pot meals for your skillet, slow cooker, sheet pan, stock pot, and more. With recipes ready to eat in under 45 minutes, this ketogenic diet cookbook is your go-to guide for setting the stress of staying in ketosis aside.

The One-Pot Ketogenic Diet Cookbook includes:

  • No-Mess Meals with simple-to-prep recipes using only one-pot or pan
  • Over 100 Easy Ketogenic Diet Recipes with clear instructions for recipes such as Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole, Cheesy Cauliflower Rice, Keto Hot Fudge, and much more
  • Quick to Set with ketogenic diet recipes ready in 30-45 minutes
  • Simple Ingredients with less than 8 ingredients per recipe
  • Handy Extras with cooking tips, nutritional information, and weekly menu planners to help you stay on track with the ketogenic diet

Keeping things simple and delicious, The One-Pot Ketogenic Diet Cookbook helps you stay on track with the ketogenic diet and lifestyle.

Skinnytaste One and Done: 140 No-Fuss Dinners for Your Instant Pot®, Slow Cooker, Air Fryer, Sheet Pan, Skillet, Dutch Oven, and More: A Cookbook

For your Instant Pot®, electric pressure cooker, air fryer, slow cooker, multi-cooker, Dutch oven, sheet pan, skillet, and more—140 healthy and delicious recipes that are big on flavor and low on calories and cleanup.

Skinnytaste One and Done is the perfect resource for busy home cooks looking for easy, good-for-you dinnertime solutions. #1 New York Times bestselling author Gina Homolka incorporates her healthy, flavor-forward recipes with everyone’s favorite way to cook—in one vessel, whether a sheet pan or multi-cooker, and everything in-between. 

No matter if you’d like to lose weight or just eat a little healthier, this book will make your weeknight dinner routine even simpler with satisfying, all-in-one recipes. Cooking in a single vessel means streamlined dinners with minimal fuss and cleanup—a huge plus after a long day.    

The cookbook is organized by vessels that include everyday cooking equipment such as an Instant Pot®, a sheet pan, a Dutch oven, a skillet, a slow cooker, and an air fryer. As always, the recipes are big on flavor and light on calories, and now more convenient than ever. 

With 140 healthy, family-friendly recipes, 120 full-color photos, nutritional information for every recipe, and Gina’s signature cooking tips, Skinnytaste One and Done will be a weeknight game changer. Even if you don’t own all of the appliances, Gina gives alternative cooking directions using everyday cooking equipment where possible, so you won’t miss out.      

The One-Pot Diabetic Cookbook: Effortless Meals for Your Dutch Oven, Pressure Cooker, Sheet Pan, Skillet, and More

Mix diabetic-friendly and family-delicious in one easy pot.

If you are one of the 30 million Americans struggling with diabetes, the biggest obstacle to meal preparation can be life. Since staring into the refrigerator waiting for inspiration isn’t an option, having a simple, delicious, and practical diabetic cookbook like The One-Pot Diabetes Cookbook, is essential to managing your condition.

With clear recipes and guidance, this dedicated diabetic cookbook will help you prepare balanced, full meals that will feed your whole family in one pot. Cooking becomes more convenient, mealtime becomes more integrated, and all with just a few kitchen tools and basic cooking techniques—a truly family inclusive diabetic cookbook.

This diabetic cookbook features:

  • Many “one-pots”—Preparation options range from a slow cooker to a soup pot, to just a simple salad bowl.
  • Shopping made easy—A diabetic cookbook filled with recipes containing minimal ingredients that are easy to find at the grocery store.
  • Tips and advice—Feed your brain with nutritional and useful knowledge about living with diabetes.

Simplify your life and health with a diabetic cookbook written around delicious one-pot meals.

Recipes include: Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad, Steak Fajitas, Pot Roast with Vegetables, One-Pot Beef and Veggie Lasagna, Jamaican Jerk Ground Beef Skillet, and Slow-Cooked Seafood Chowder